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Old 09-05-2020, 02:22 PM   #1
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Hauling about 14,000 lbs. with my Monaco

Yes I know that my current chassis and hitch are rated at 10,000 lbs. But what I was wondering is what and IF it can be safely upgraded to.

I have a 600 IXS that really moves this coach. I pull a 6,000 lb. pickup and race vehicles up hills!!! But what if I pull a boat.

Example: Interested in purchase a used power boat that - with trailer, fuel, water and misc. (as we do in our MHs) it should come in at about 14,000 lbs.

Is there anyone out there in IRV2 Monaco-Land that is currently doing this or has a buddy doing this, that they'd put me in touch with so that I can learn from the horses mouth????

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Yes I know that my current chassis and hitch are rated at 10,000 lbs. But what I was wondering is what and IF it can be safely upgraded to.

I have a 600 IXS that really moves this coach. I pull a 6,000 lb. pickup and race vehicles up hills!!! But what if I pull a boat.

Example: Interested in purchase a used power boat that - with trailer, fuel, water and misc. (as we do in our MHs) it should come in at about 14,000 lbs.

Is there anyone out there in IRV2 Monaco-Land that is currently doing this or has a buddy doing this, that they'd put me in touch with so that I can learn from the horses mouth????

Thanks.
Can't help you with the weight but also watch out for the 65' overall total length.
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Can't help you with the weight but also watch out for the 65' overall total length.
Yup!!! With my pickup, I'm already over that. But - fingers crossed - I've NEVER had an issue.
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The issue, whether length or weight will likely surface if you are involved in an accident.


The other guy's attorney would love it if you were operating a vehicle that the state deemed illegal!
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I can attest that the receiver is capable of 1800 lbs tongue weight when I lift the back of my toad off the ground as it’s a H (2 cross members) not a single T. Once up I reduce it to probably its rated 1000 lbs.

A while back I posted about a wrecked Monaco that had been hauled in using the rear hitch...25,000+ lbs.

I would want a solid 2x2 receiver/hitch. Not sure about the legal issues if in an accident assuming the trailer brakes worked well??? Getting out of CA that long could be a issue. Good Luck as the hitch is the least of your problems.
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There are 15,000 lb hitches. Put one on
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Yup!!! With my pickup, I'm already over that. But - fingers crossed - I've NEVER had an issue.
Towing a truck behind does put you over the limit by maybe 5 feet or so at the most, But, pulling a 14K pound boat will certainly put you over by lots of feet that would be readily obvious. Having lived in California most of my life, and knowing how things work there, if you take the chance and tow it, you need to understand the options. If you get stopped by the CHP (the state needs the money now), they will give you a hefty ticket and they will make you disconnect the boat and find a way to get it hauled off. As has been mentioned, is the liability issue, which may or not come into play until you meet the plaintiffs attorney, think Larry H. Parker, if you live in So Cal you will know of him.

It would be to troublesome for me.
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OP, you can get a CA $90 annual over length permit... pretty cheap insurance that once stopped you can continue assuming you would still be over length pulling it with a PU.
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We have racer friends that tow a lot more than 14k with motor homes. And they are way over the 65' limit (some are at 85').

I only know of one issue and that was at the CA border. They made him leave the trailer at the weight station. He borrowed a dually and went back and got the trailer. A week later he drove motor home with trailer out of CA with no issue.

They do add larger receiver hitches. Some are double 2 1/2" receivers and some are the big 3".
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We have racer friends that tow a lot more than 14k with motor homes. And they are way over the 65' limit (some are at 85').

I only know of one issue and that was at the CA border. They made him leave the trailer at the weight station. He borrowed a dually and went back and got the trailer. A week later he drove motor home with trailer out of CA with no issue.

They do add larger receiver hitches. Some are double 2 1/2" receivers and some are the big 3".
Michigan a few years back MSPD got the JEGS boyz on I-94 they had to drive the coach to the track and then go back and get the stacker with a dually ......they were non to pleased.
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Michigan a few years back MSPD got the JEGS boyz on I-94 they had to drive the coach to the track and then go back and get the stacker with a dually ......they were non to pleased.
was that because too long or too heavy, or both?
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Michigan a few years back MSPD got the JEGS boyz on I-94 they had to drive the coach to the track and then go back and get the stacker with a dually ......they were non to pleased.

That was probably between Ann Arbor and Jackson. If that was the case, they would have been stopped for being too long. The weight limit in Michigan is 180,000 lbs. or something like that and a heavy race trailer would be less than 20,000 lbs. if it was being towed by a motor home. Just for the record the motor carrier division of the MSP patrols that section if I-94 VERY heavily. I travel that section of highway on a regular basis and it is rare that I don't see at least on semi on the side with a blue SUV with a bubble gum machine behind it. Fore warned is fore armed.
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Yes I know that my current chassis and hitch are rated at 10,000 lbs. But what I was wondering is what and IF it can be safely upgraded to.

I have a 600 IXS that really moves this coach. I pull a 6,000 lb. pickup and race vehicles up hills!!! But what if I pull a boat..
I believe your hitch is the same as mine. The hitch is part of the ISX front engine mount. I would think you could re-engineer the hitch and either cut the mount off of the existing hitch to re-use it or make a new one good for 15,000 Lbs.
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was that because too long or too heavy, or both?

Length.
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